1Amending Title 18 (Crimes and Offenses) of the Pennsylvania
2Consolidated Statutes, in firearms and other dangerous
3articles, providing for the offense of carrying a firearm in
4the Capitol.

5The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
6hereby enacts as follows:

7Section 1. Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated
8Statutes is amended by adding a section to read:

9§ 6108.1. Carrying firearms in the Capitol.

10(a) Offense defined.--No person shall carry a firearm, rifle
11or shotgun at any time in any of the following buildings in the
12City of Harrisburg:

13(1) the Main Capitol;

14(2) the East Wing of the Capitol;

15(3) the Speaker Matthew J. Ryan Legislative Office

17(4) the Speaker K. Leroy Irvis Office Building; or

18(5) the North Office Building of the Capitol Complex.

19(b) Exceptions.--The provisions of subsection (a) shall not

1apply to a person who is:

2(1) a member of the Pennsylvania State Police;

3(2) a member of the Capitol Police;

4(3) a member of Legislative Protective Services with the
5Senate or the House of Representatives;

6(4) a law enforcement officer as defined in 18 Pa.C.S. §
76102 (relating to definitions); or

8(5) an armed security agent under contract to service an
9automated teller machine in any of the buildings specified in
10subsection (a) or to transport money to and from the
11cafeteria of the East Wing of the Capitol, while performing
12the person's official duties.

13(c) Posting of notice.--Notice of the provisions of
14subsections (a) and (d) shall be posted conspicuously at each
15public entrance to each building specified in subsection (a),
16and no person shall be convicted of an offense under subsection
17(a) if the notice was not so posted at each public entrance to
18the building unless the person had actual notice of the
19provisions of subsection (a).

20(d) Lockers and facilities for checking firearms, rifles and
21shotguns.--The Commonwealth shall make available at or within
22each building specified in subsection (a) within one year of the
23effective date of this section, lockers or similar facilities at
24no charge or cost for the temporary checking of firearms, rifles
25and shotguns by persons lawfully carrying firearms, rifles and
26shotguns. Any individual checking a firearm, rifle or shotgun at
27a building specified in subsection (a) shall be issued a
28receipt. Notice of the location of the lockers or similar
29facility shall be posted as required under subsection (c).

30(e) Grading.--A person who violates this section commits a

1misdemeanor of the first degree.

2Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.